John Silver had never killed a man. Until now, his charisma, sheer size and, when all else failed, powerful fists had been enough to dispatch his enemies. But on a smoldering deck off the coast of Madagascar, his shipmates dead or dying all around him, his cutlass has just claimed the lives of six pirates. Finding himself surrounded by their revenge-thirsty crewmates, Silver fears his promising merchant navy career is at an end. But then the pirate captain makes him an offer he can't refuse.
On the other side of the world, Joseph Flint, a naval officer wronged by his superiors, plots a bloody mutiny. Strikingly handsome, brilliant, but prey to sadistic tendencies, Flint is regarded as the most dangerous bandit on the high seas.
Together these gentlemen of fortune forge a deadly and unstoppable partnership, steering a course through treachery and betrayal while amassing vast treasure.
But the arrival of Selena, a beautiful runaway slave with a murderous past, and Flint's schemes to secure the pieces of gold for himself trigger a rivalry that will turn the best of friends into sworn enemies.
And so the legend of Treasure Island begins - an epic battle of wits and blades that unravels the mysteries of Robert Louis Stevenson's greatest work on the sweltering seas of the Caribbean.
©2008 John Edwards; (P)2009 Oasis
Having only watched the movie version of Treasure Island, I didn't really know why I bought this audiobook but it was a real dilight from start to finish. It was a good story which seemed to follow (or preceed) what I remembered from the movie so it made me buy the original Treasure Island audiobook.
Long John Silver I remembered as a villian, but in this book he was not only a victim, but a genuine hero.
The reading was very good by Tim who seemed to be as much into the story as I was.
The author advised that, although Treasure Island was a children's book, Flint and Silver (and the subsequent books) are aimed at adults.
I cant wait for the 2 sequels (but still prequels to Treasure Island?) to come out on audiobook. Bring It On!
This book has a real magic for creating an entertaining prequal to treasure island. from start to finish the writer holds nothing back and unleaches a rich story and gripping characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves pirate tales.
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